The Moon, 7 January 2021

I had to get up early in the morning to get this picture of The Moon.  I set my alarm and got up at 05:00 which took considerable motivation, especially since it was -6C!   I don’t capture many last quarter and later moon pictures because the Moon is only ever visible in that phase early in the morning and working full time it is not easy to be getting up very early when you have to do lots of driving. However, conditions for astronomy in the UK have been exceptionally poor for the last six months of 2020 and I am desperate to be able to image anything at all!

The Moon, LRGB TEC140 Refractor

Technical Details

The Moon was in Scorpio, low down to The South from my location, and seeing was average with the Moon at such a low altitude  Phase is 38% waning.

Imaged from my back garden with my TEC 140 refractor and ASI174M camera with LRGB filters.  I captured 10000 frames in each of R,G and B and 25000 in luminance.    The .SER files were quite jumpy with The Moon being at quite  a low altitude and so I used about 50% of the frames from each recording. I captured with Sharpcap and then processed with Autostakkert, PixInsight and Photoshop.

I hope you like it!

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